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McGowan wins third straight; Jays take eighth in a row at home

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TORONTO -- As a teammate of Dustin McGowan, Frank Catalanotto saw a young pitcher with plenty of potential but not much polish. Now, McGowan looks like a finished product.

McGowan won his third straight decision, Matt Stairs doubled three times and drove in two runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Toronto won its eighth consecutive home game and swept a three-game series from the Rangers for the first time since August 3-5, 2000.

The 39-year-old Stairs went 3-for-3, scored once and recorded his second stolen base of the season. In the process, he became the third Canadian-born player to play in 1,500 career games, joining Larry Walker and Terry Puhl.

McGowan (8-5) allowed one run and eight hits over eight-plus innings, walking one and striking out six.

Despite being on the losing end, the Rangers' Catalanotto was still pleased for McGowan, his teammate in 2005 and 2006.

"We were all waiting for him to really blossom and this year he has," Catalanotto said. "I'm happy for him and he's doing a great job.

"He's finally put it all together," Catalanotto added. "We always knew he had the stuff but now he's putting it together, mentally too, and being able to execute."

Jeremy Accardo closed it out for his 20th save in 24 chances.

Texas lost its fourth straight, and has lost seven of nine following a season-high four-game winning streak. The Rangers head home after going 2-7 on a nine-game road trip to Kansas City, Cleveland and Toronto.

"It's been a real rough road trip," Catalanotto said. "We're happy to get home."

Catalanotto dented McGowan's line early, homering to lead off the game. It was his first leadoff homer of the season and Texas' third.

"Cat tried to make my confidence go down right from the get-go," McGowan said. "You've got to give credit to him. I thought I made a pretty good pitch."

One out later, Michael Young and Sammy Sosa hit back-to-back singles, but McGowan struck out Nelson Cruz and Brad Wilkerson to escape the jam.

Brandon McCarthy (5-8) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings to lose for the first time in three starts. He walked two and struck out four.

"He got us to the seventh and was in the game, but McGowan was just a little better," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We're impressed with what he gave us today. We just didn't put enough runs on the board."

Toronto tied it in the bottom of the first when Frank Thomas' two-out RBI single scored Stairs, who had walked.

The Blue Jays got leadoff doubles from Gregg Zaun in the second and Stairs in the third, but couldn't advance the runner either time.

Toronto broke the deadlock in the fifth when Ray Olmedo doubled, went to third on Reed Johnson's sacrifice and scored when Stairs doubled up the alley in left-center.

"He's a good professional hitter," McCarthy said of Stairs. "If you give him a pitch in the zone when he's ahead in the count, you're actually not expecting to get the ball back. He got me in a couple of big situations that I'd love to go back and do over again."

Texas loaded the bases with two out in the seventh, but McGowan got Ian Kinsler to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

"It was a big shutdown inning," McGowan said.

Toronto added two more in the seventh off reliever Frank Francisco. Johnson walked and scored on Stairs' third double before Vernon Wells tripled home the fourth run.

Notes

  • The Blue Jays have outscored opponents by a 54-15 margin over their eight-game home winning streak. Toronto's last home defeat was a 4-2 loss to Seattle on July 20.
  • Toronto and Texas split the 10-game season series, ending the Rangers' five-year winning streak in head-to-head matchups.
  • Several members of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, including David Beckham, will attend Monday afternoon's game between the Blue Jays and the New York Yankees. The Galaxy's Canadian-born coach, Frank Yallop, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.
 
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Matt Stairs smacks three doubles and drives in two runs as the Blue Jays complete the sweep.  (AP)
Matt Stairs smacks three doubles and drives in two runs as the Blue Jays complete the sweep. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

F. Catalanotto
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Toronto

D. McGowan
IP 8.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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Ian Kinsler, 2B4000014 .244
Michael Young, SS4010000 .301
Sammy Sosa, DH4020000 .242
Nelson Cruz, RF4000023 .214
Brad Wilkerson, 1B4010023 .226
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4020001 .265
Ramon Vazquez, 3B4000023 .250
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF2010100 .195
   a- Jason Botts, PH1000000 .176
Totals3619117  
a-grounded out for Hairston in the 9th
Batting
HR - Frank Catalanotto (7, McGowan)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto (27)
SB - Jerry Hairston Jr. (4, 2nd base off McGowan/Zaun)
Team LOB - 9
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy (L,5-8) 6622240 5.04
Frank Francisco 0.2222110 4.36
Joaquin Benoit 1.1100030 2.90
WP - Frank Francisco (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 104-65, Frank Francisco 24-14, Joaquin Benoit 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 7-7
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 26, Frank Francisco 5, Joaquin Benoit 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF2100111 .264
Matt Stairs, 1B3132100 .286
    John McDonald, PR-SS0100000 .274
Alex Rios, RF3000103 .300
Vernon Wells, CF4011004 .259
Frank Thomas, DH4011012 .255
Aaron Hill, 2B4010012 .275
Gregg Zaun, C4020021 .250
Hector Luna, 3B4000013 .000
Ray Olmedo, SS2110001 .500
   a- Lyle Overbay, PH-1B2000021 .250
Totals3249438  
a-struck out for Olmedo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Stairs 3 (15, McCarthy, McCarthy, Francisco), Gregg Zaun (12, McCarthy), Ray Olmedo (1, McCarthy)
3B - Vernon Wells (2, Francisco)
SH - Reed Johnson (4)
RBI - Matt Stairs 2 (42), Vernon Wells (59), Frank Thomas (61)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells (16), Frank Thomas (29)
SB - Matt Stairs (2, 3rd base off McCarthy/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 8
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan (W,8-5) 8811161 4.11
Jeremy Accardo (S,20) 1100010 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 106-74, Jeremy Accardo 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 14-4, Jeremy Accardo 1-1
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 33, Jeremy Accardo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29593
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Greg Gibson